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January 2021 – December 2023
  1. BLOOMBERG FOUNDATION $1,000,000 ART GRANT Through a competitive process, MOCA secured a $1,000,000 grant from the Bloomberg Foundation that offers the public a circuit of up to 12 art installations across O‘ahu featuring site-specific commissioned artworks. Through this initiative, MOCA strives to protect, nourish and reclaim some of the moʻolelo (stories) and wahi pana (legendary places) of our island through the celebration of artistic and cultural expressions. This project will mitigate the impacts of over-tourism by commissioning new public art pieces that bring awareness of Hawaiʻi’s culturally rich mo‘olelo and wahi pana throughout the island of O‘ahu.
  2. RESTORING THE VITALITY OF ʻŌLELO HAWAI‘I IN THE CITY MOCA facilitated a series of events and initiatives dedicated to encouraging the use and vitality of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) in everyday spaces including enacting Act 170 recognizing ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as the official language of the state of Hawaiʻi; hosting a series of free ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi classes for City employees and community members (attended by over 2,000 participants); holding the first exhibition dedicated to Mahina ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Month) with commissioned artworks by Kauwila Mahi and Ualani Davis; and reviving the Aloha Oʻahu mele competition.
  3. CULTURE AND ARTS RECOVERY AND RELIEF PROGRAM Managed the Culture and Arts Recovery and Relief Program awarding $1,666,648 to eligible culture and arts businesses and nonprofit organizations for reimbursable expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  4. THE HEALER STONES OF KAPAEMAHU INSTALLATION – WAIKĪKĪ Working with the Kapaemahu team of Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, MOCA facilitated the installation and rededication of the pōhaku featuring the Kapaemahu Stones, commemorating the story of four mahu healers from Tahiti who came to Hawaiʻi to heal and treat diseases. The installation shed light on the stonesʻ history by featuring a QR code that links visitors to the fuller story of the Kapaemahu Stones – a unique monument to healing and inclusion in Waikīkī.
  5. SISTER CITY WITH SHIBUYA, JAPAN Initiated and formalized a Sister City relationship with Shibuya, Japan – the first official Sister City relationship established under Mayor Blangiardi’s administration.
  6. INSTALLATION AT PAWA’A INCHEON PARK MOCA managed the installation of an art sculpture in Pāwaʻa Incheon Park gifted to Honolulu from Incheon, Korea in commemoration of the 120-year history of Korean emigration to the United States and the 20th anniversary of Incheon and Honolulu’s sister city establishment.
  7. SISTER CITY WITH EDOGAWA CITY, JAPAN Formalized a Sister City agreement through a signing ceremony and cultural protocol exchange at Kapolei Hale between the City and County of Honolulu and Edogawa City, Japan, which was the first in-person Sister City signing ceremony of the Blangiardi administration.
  8. 38TH ANNUAL HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS MOCA produced the 38th annual Honolulu City Lights in December 2022 welcoming back the Electric Light Parade for the first time since 2019 (pre-COVID).
  9. PARADE OF CHAMPIONS – HONOLULU’S LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES MOCA organized and hosted the Parade of Champions honoring Honoluluʻs Little League World Series champions attended by over 2,000 people.
  10. COMMISSIONED “HO’OKUMU – MOANA” AND “KA LEO O KE KAI” MOCA commissioned “Ho‘okumu—Moana,” a 2020 stainless steel sculpture by Bernice Akamine, and “16 Cube Truss (About Building Systems),” a 2020 wooden sculpture by Sean Connelly, for temporary display at Thomas Square. MOCA also managed the installation and dedication of the commissioned work of art “Ka Leo O Ke Kai (The Voice of the Sea),” a 2020 cast glass and metal mural by Steve Gardner, at the Honolulu Fire Department Station 15 in Hauʻula.